This Amazing Brutalist Church Is Built Like a Jenga Tower

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The Wotruba Church situated on a hill in Mauer, on the outskirts of Vienna, Austria, is a modernist chapel that takes its name from the architect behind its creation, Fritz Wotruba.

Constructed in the mid-1970s and inspired by the elaborately gothic Chartres Cathedral in France, but with a brutalist twist, Wotruba, who as also a sculptor, was asked to design an astounding church that would make a bold religious and artistic statement during a time when many Europeans were losing faith in God.

Built on the site of a former Nazi barracks, the church is comprised of 152 concrete blocks that have been bolted together like a Jenga tower, as windows have been built into the irregular spaces between the blocks to allow sufficient lightning.

Overall, showcasing a perfect dynamic between art and architecture, this Wotruba Church is a prime example of how architectural practice can be tweaked with an artistic approach.

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